London Underground strike date: Tube drivers' union votes in favour of 24-hour industrial action

 
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The Night Tube will run at weekends from mid-September this year (Source: Getty)

London Underground drivers belonging to the Aslef union have voted for a 24-hour strike over the introduction of a new Night Tube service at weekends.

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Aslef said 97.6 per cent of members had voted in favour of striking over the introduction of the new 24-hour service, due to be introduced in September this year.

The organisation - of which 80 per cent of London Underground drivers are members - added that "new rosters... mean Tube drivers will have to work an unlimited number of weekend and night shifts for no extra pay".

The 24-hour strike will take place from 9.30pm on 8 July, which the union said will shut down the "entire tube network". "More dates to be announced," it added.

Finn Brennan, Aslef's district organiser, said there was a "window of opportunity".

"[London Underground managers] need to withdraw the threat to impose new rosters and make a realistic offer on pay and conditions. We are always prepared to talk."

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The 24-hour strike will take place from 9.30pm on Wednesday 8 July (that's also the day of the next Budget).

The two sides disagree over the Night Tube, which is due to launch on Saturday 12 September 2015

Steve Griffiths, London Underground's chief operating officer said it was "still in the midst of negotiations".

“We recognise the hard and valuable work of our staff and want to give them a pay rise this year and next. We also want to minimise the impact of the Night Tube on our people, and compensate those it will affect most. But pay levels for our staff are already fair, and any increase must be sustainable.
“Londoners and businesses overwhelmingly back the Night Tube, and trying to block something that will transform our city, and create more jobs, is short sighted. We encourage Aslef to make themselves available to continue our talks at Acas.”

Other trade unions are also currently balloting for industrial action, with results due to be declared on 30 June.

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